As I work my way through Playing Shakespeare, I’m now at the selection on irony. Barton admits that irony is very difficult to get right, because you’re left to interpret clues in the text which could go many different ways. They then start by doing the “Brutus is an honorable man” speech, calling it the most obvious example and getting it out of the way.
Who’s got another favorite example of a scene that is played for the irony? One of the actors specifically asks about the difference between being “wry” and ironic, and though Barton seems to suggest that being wry has more to do with going for the laugh (smirk?), I’m not sure I fully understand his answer.